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Police promise to beef up security at West Coast Amusement Fair

Nelson Daily Staff
By Nelson Daily Staff
April 19th, 2013

Following a stabbing in 2012, Nelson Police Inspector Paul Burkart said there will be a significant security presence at the West Coast Amusement Fair near the CPR lands this weekend.

“Although the event is designed for fun, over the past few years, the fair weekend has been marred by a number of incidents, including a stabbing last year and an assault on a visiting student the year previous,” Burkart said in a written release.

“To ensure the fair continues to be one that can be enjoyed by young people and families, Nelson Police will be focusing their attention on the event,” he added.

Burkart said it has been the observation of the Nelson Police that these incidents, and others that occur near or on the fairgrounds, are most often the results of a small number of youth and young adults that believe the event is better enjoyed with alcohol and drugs.

So during the Nelson Police will have officers and reserve members patrol the grounds during the busy times. 

“These members will be on foot, both on the grounds and in the surrounding area, interacting with the crowds and ensuring those that individuals that create issues are dealt with quickly and appropriately,” Burkart explained.

Police urge the public attending the fair to report any illegal or suspicious activities to the officers that will be on-site, through Nelson Police dispatch through the regular non-emergency line (250) 354-3919 or in the cases of crimes in progress or emergency calls by calling 9-1-1.

Nelson Police would like to wish everyone who is planning to participate in the fair a safe and fun weekend.

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